Below is the packing list we’ve received from G Adventures for our Peru Through the Lens trip.
We suggest that you pack as lightly as possible as you are expected to carry your own luggage. As a rule we try not to have to walk more than 15-20 minutes with your bags which is why we recommend keeping the weight of your bags between 10-15kg/22-30lb. Suitcases are not recommended for G Adventures trips! Most travellers carry a backpack or rolling bag of small to medium size (no XXL ones please!) as they need to fit with you in buses or on trains. You will also need a day pack/bag to carry water, cameras and other electronics like ipods and mobile phones. If your trip involves overnights in homestays, villages or camping then you usually have the opportunity to rent sleeping bags if need be instead of bringing.
Most people automatically assume that the weather is hot in South America, but because of the higher altitude in the Andes, the temperature can feel quite cold, especially at night. We recommend the use of a duffel bag or backpack, whichever is easiest for you to carry. A good size daypack is also essential.
• Passport (with photocopies)
• Travel insurance (with photocopies)
• Airline tickets (with photocopies)
• USD cash
• Credit or debit card
• G Adventures vouchers and dossier
• Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required
• Reading / writing material
• Cover for backpacks
• Fleece top
• Windproof / waterproof jacket
• Small towel & swim wear
• Shirts / t-shirts
• Sun hat
• Shorts & long trousers
• Hiking pants / track pants
• Hiking boots / sturdy walking shoes
• Sport sandals
• Toiletries (biodegradable)
• Watch or alarm clock
• Refillable water bottle
• Money belt
• First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking).
You will be bringing all of your bags with you every time you change hotels, so please keep that in mind when you are packing. When you are on a city tour, Machu Picchu, etc. you won’t have your bags with you (left at the hotel or in the private van or at the homestay room – it will depend based on your activities) but other than that expect to be moving your bags between hotel and van/van and hotel etc.